MTV Announces Kevin Hart Announced as Comedic Genius Award

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"MTV Announces Kevin Hart Announced as Comedic Genius Award"

kevin-hartKevin Hart To Receive “comedic Genius Award” From Jimmy Kimmel At The “2015 Mtv Movie Awards”
Amy Schumer Hosts the 24th Annual Event Airing LIVE on Sunday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

MTV today announced that comedian and actor Kevin Hart will receive the MTV “Comedic Genius Award” during the “2015 MTV Movie Awards” that will air LIVE on Sunday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT from Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California.

Presented by late-night funny man Jimmy Kimmel, the award will honor Hart for his bold and irreverent comedic style that has captivated audiences from his movies and sitcoms, to stand-up specials, award show performances and in front of packed arenas of fans. The first recipient of the award was Hart’s Get Hard co-star, Will Ferrell, in 2013.

Hart, known for his raw and unfiltered comedy, joins the star-studded line-up for this year’s show, including host Amy Schumer, “Trailblazer Award” recipient Shailene Woodley and confirmed presenters Miles Teller, Reese Witherspoon, Vin Diesel and Sofia Vergara.

Hart made his comedic debut during an amateur night at a Philadelphia comedy club and was instantly hooked. He quit his job as a shoe salesman and began performing full time. In 2011, during the “Laugh At My Pain” comedy tour, Hart sold out the Nokia Theater two nights in a row breaking the record previously set by Eddie Murphy.

With his passion for stand-up, Hart continues to tour the country to sold-out audiences and has grown his empire to include box-office hits including: Ride Along, The Wedding Ringer, Think Like A Man,The Five Year Engagement, Little Fockers, Fool’s Gold, Death at a Funeral, Along Came Polly and The 40 Year Old Virgin. His latest movie, Get Hard, with Will Ferrell opened this weekend. On television, Hart has been equally as successful as executive producer of the show “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” along with other television credits that includes his most recent role as Roast Master for the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber.

This year’s “Movie Awards” nominees span every film genre from dystopian universes (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Maze Runner) to heart-felt coming of age stories (The Fault In Our Stars and Boyhood), out-of-this-world comedies (Guardians of the Galaxy, Neighbors, The Interview, The Wedding Ringer and Top Five), real-life heroes (Selma and American Sniper) and more. Fans will witness epic match-ups between the likes of Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt taking on funny-men Chris Rock and Kevin Hart for “Best Comedic Performance,” Rosario Dawson battling it out with Jason Sudeikis, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen for “Best WTF Moment,” Meryl Streep and J.K. Simmons vying for “Best Villain” and Zac Efron defending his 2014 title for “Best Shirtless Performance” against the beautiful Kate Upton and teen heartthrob Ansel Elgort.

Additional nominees include: Reese Witherspoon, David Oyelowo, Scarlett Johansson, Eddie Redmayne, Jennifer Lawrence, Dylan O’Brien, Emma Stone, Chris Pratt, Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Evans, Zoe Saldana, James Franco, Rosamund Pike, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks and many more. Fans can cast their votes for their favorites at www.MovieAwards.MTV.comthrough Saturday, April 11. Voting for “Movie of the Year” will continue throughout the live broadcast of the show.

The “2015 MTV Movie Awards” will once again officially kick-off the summer blockbuster season, promising to deliver yet another epically funny, explosive, over-the-top show that features fan favorite films, actors and musicians. In addition, the show will honor the best films and performances from the past year, while featuring exclusive, never-before-seen moments from some of the most highly-anticipated summer films. Nominations will be announced at a later date. The telecast will air across MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels and 200 digital media properties reaching more than half a billion households around the world.

Official sponsors of the “2015 MTV Movie Awards” include FIAT brand, GEICO®, Mtn Dew® Kickstart™, Taco Bell® and T-Mobile®.

A limited number of “2015 MTV Movie Awards” tickets will be available to the General Public for purchase beginning Tuesday, March 31st at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT.  Click HERE to purchase.

Jesse Ignjatovic of Den of Thieves, Lee Lodge and Garrett English serve as Executive Producers for the “2015 MTV Movie Awards.” English also serves as Executive in Charge for MTV. Barb Bialkowski serves as Producer. Wendy Plaut serves as Co-Executive Producer and Executive in Charge of Celebrity Talent. Amy Doyle is Executive in Charge of Music and Celebrity Talent. Joanna Bomberg is Executive in Charge of Music Talent.

 

About MTV:
MTV is the world’s premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. MTV’s sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub MTV.com is a leading destination for music, news and pop culture. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information, go to www.mtvpress.com.

 

About Den of Thieves:
Founded in 2007 by Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager to create, develop and produce original television, Den of Thieves has emerged as a force for ambitious event shows and uniquely stylized reality television series. Using their extensive experience working with talent, their credits cover a vast array of formats and include VH1’s “The T.O. Show,” Comedy Central’s “Russell Brand in New York City”, Bravo’s “Start-Ups: Silicon Valley,” as well as the CMT Country Awards.